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Romantic Anniversary Session in the City of Love

It’s hard for me to put into words how special Paris truly is. Even after spending a year living in the City of Lights, I’m still mesmerized by its magic, and no photographs seem to do it justice. But the photos of this couple’s romantic anniversary session from Gert Huygaerts Photography come close.  As the beautiful bride perfectly states below, “leaving Paris awakened something in us.” One look at the gallery, and I promise you’ll be awakened, too.

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From the beautiful Bride… After my trip to Paris, I truly understand why it is called the city of love. It is a magical place like no other. The city gives couples the chance to reminisce and forget about all the worries of everyday life. Time slows down there and you learn to appreciate all the smells, light, sounds, and beauty around you. It would be impossible to explain the giddiness I felt while wandering this old city with my husband. It is something that neither of us will ever forget… that day we walked through Paris hand-in-hand and so in love.

“We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer

I read this quote before our trip to Paris and it hit home. Marriage can be hard work and sometimes you just need to take a moment to escape together and remember why you fell in love in the first place. This trip definitely opened our eyes and brought us that much closer together. We are so thankful for that experience.

It was a slow Wednesday evening in January and my husband was stuck late at work. I texted him “Let’s go to Paris!”. He thought I was joking… A couple of weeks earlier we agreed to go on a trip instead of exchanging normal presents for Christmas. We have traveled up and down the east coast together, but never to Europe. I started looking at plane tickets and realized we could make this Europe trip a reality. A month later and we were there, in Paris! It was a dream come true and we both couldn’t have been happier.

As a wedding planner I knew we would have to take this once in a lifetime opportunity and get some anniversary photos taken. I found Gert Huygaerts Photography through the SMP Little Black Book. I instantly fell in love with his film photography and knew he would be the perfect fit!

The day before the photo shoot my husband and I roamed the city. We gathered local fruits, flowers, and desserts. We had so much fun foraging together. I love sharing my passion for design with my husband and it makes me smile when he enjoys being a part of the process. The shoot was a last minute idea, just like the trip itself, but we poured our hearts into it. It is a true reflection of us and our love for sweets, flowers, and everything Parisian.

We woke up the morning of the shoot and were so happy to have decent weather. It was a bit overcast, but the temperature was nice. Ciara Coiffure and Charles Gillman met me at our flat for hair and makeup and worked their magic. I slipped on my gorgeous Erin Fetherston gown and we were out the door! Gert guided us around all the most beautiful parts of the city. The photo shoot was a tour in itself! We traveled to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, the Seine River, and ended it back at our flat across from Notre Dame. It was a whirlwind of a day, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way!

Leaving Paris was tough, but it awakened something in both of us. It made us want to live a little more and appreciate every day. Since our return home we are already trying to plan our trip back! Paris does that to you.

Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Event Design: Emily Claire Events | Dress: Erin Fetherston | Jewelry: Givenchy | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Makeup: Charles Gillman | Hair: Ciara Coiffure | Calligraphy: The Oblique Pen | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Suit: Banana Republic

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Charming Burgundy Wedding Inspiration

Chéris, you’re about to feast you’re eyes on the gorgeous that happens when Sylvie Gil hosts one of her workshops—100% pure pretty loaded with inspiration that we’ll be pinning for days. The incredible Brooke Keegan layered in her beautiful touch with a heaping dose of elegance, sprinkled with charm, and wild blooms from Holly Flora to boot. It’s just what we envision the perfect French destination wedding to be.

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From Sylvie GilThis wedding was created for the exclusive 4-day film photography workshop held in Burgundy, France every year in April. Lead by fine art film photographer Sylvie Gil, L’amour et L’image brings to France some of the leaders of the American wedding industry.

An amazing team of creatives, some of the top wedding professionals in the United States, joined us to style and design beautiful weddings scenes in this stunning environment.

From Brooke KeeganChateau de Varennes is located in the gorgeous Burgundy region of France. With its expansive grounds, gardens, chateaux and chapel, it makes for the perfect wedding venue. Just recently named CNN’s top ten wedding venues worldwide, it was the only venue in France to receive these honors. When Sylvie was in search of the perfect workshop location and came across Chateau de Varennes, it was a no brainer!

When Sylvie asked me to collaborate with her, I was so excited to dive in and start designing. I knew I had to bring over the rock star duo, Holly and Becky from Holly Flora to help me execute my vision. I wanted there to be cohesiveness throughout the 3 days of the workshop, but I also wanted to create interest and slightly different color palettes to keep the attendees interested from day to day. The underlying tone of the week was the color blush. Some say it is such a traditional decision, but every day, I put a completely different twist on such a “tradition” and “typical” color that is often incorporated in weddings because it is timeless.

All of the attendees were able to sign up for one on ones with the instructors. The great thing is that each instructor offered a different type of one on one. Bianca from Little Miss Press offered a calligraphy class, which all of the attendees loved, and Holly Flora offered foraging in the backcountry of the chateaux. This gave the attendees the opportunity to help pick the items that would accompany the floral designs for the day.

The first day we infused it with natural greens, ivories, whites and blooming branches into the styled shoots. The second day, we infused a deep burgundy color with the blush as well as blooming branches, whites, ivories and natural greens. And the third and final day, we incorporated mixed metals along with blush, butter yellow, whites, ivories, soft peach and natural greens. Where they all had the underlying blush tone, they all looked different and created a different mood and feel for each day. It is proof that blush can be more impactful when paired with other colors and tones!

Thank you to all of our partners that made this workshop possible: Sylvie Gil, Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events, Holly Flora, Little Miss Press, Potluck Consulting, Girl with a Serious Dream, Claire Pettibone, Lazaro, Jannie Baltzer, Sarah Janks, The Mrs. Box, La Tavola Fine Linen, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, The Black Tux, Little Miss Makeup and Styled by TC.

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Styling: Brooke Keegan Weddings And Events | Tuxes: The Black Tux | Accessories: Styled By Tc | Candles: Holly Flora | Chateau De Varennes: Chateau De Varennes | Church Gown: Lazaro | Film: Kodak | Floral Design And Candles: Holly Flora | Gown in window: Sarah Janks | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Linens: La Tavola | Lingerie: Girl with a serious dream | Model: Louise Molinaro | Model: Antonin Chevalier | Model: Christophe Berlin | Paper products - Calligraphy: Little Miss Press | Ring Boxes: The Mrs Box | SEO And Marketing: Potluck Consulting | Sylvie Gil Workshops: Sylvie Gil Workshops | Veil - headpieces: Jannie Baltzer

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Intimate Destination Wedding in Paris

We’ve seen our fair share of weddings set in the City of Lights, but this destination affair photographed by Clary Pfeiffer is going down as my absolute favorite. A mix of old world romance and modern luxury, it’s a day you’d probably never guess was primarily planned by the couple and their vendors via email – with a little help from Google translator along the way! Get your swoon on in the gallery right here.

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From The Bride… If one were to ask about the idea of a destination wedding in Paris – elopement or intimate wedding – my advice would be: DO IT! It was the best decision that I could have made. The beautiful, old world architecture was perfect for wedding photographs, the most Michelin star chefs per square capita in the world was perfect for a gourmet wedding meal, and the romance of the city makes Paris a wedding destination second to none. In addition to these reasons, we originally chose Paris as a honeymoon destination because my groom is in the food and beverage industry, and we planned to indulge in the finest culinary creations in the world. In researching Paris as a wedding destination, I thought: How daring, romantic, luxurious, and unforgettable!

Three things to note about Paris…(1) There are strict residency and legal requirements to get married in Paris, but nothing is stopping you from getting married in the U.S. beforehand and having a symbolic ceremony with a celebrant in Paris; (2) Many vendors and venues are closed for part of July and the entire month of August; (3) Google translate via email will become your best friend as many vendors prefer to communicate in French. The good news – you could plan your own wedding in Paris mainly via email as I did with patience and persistence.

In 1826, Chapelle Expiatoire was constructed in memory of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. The old world architectural features, acoustics, natural lighting, and circular structure are perfect for an intimate ceremony. Violinist Rodolfo Benitez played some of our favorite classical music to include Ludovico Einaudi.

We could not marry in Paris without obtaining wedding photographs in front of Lady Eiffel and Pont des Arts. Clary Pfeiffer, our wedding photographer, was amazing about placement and poses, incredibly professional and hardworking, and fun to be around. I was drawn to Clary Pfeiffer’s photography because she captures romantic photographs using soft light at flattering angles. The Eiffel Tower, riddled with tourists, added to the character of the photographs. We followed tradition at Pont des Arts, and enclosed a heart-shaped locket with our names and the wedding date on a chain link of the bridge, and made a wish upon the skeleton key as it was launched in to the Seine.

During our photography session, we sent our guests on a tour of Paris in a luxury vehicle with an English-speaking tour guide and champagne. The tour included all of the major sights in Paris.

The Four Seasons Paris George V offered us the most comprehensive and attractive wedding package of all luxury hotels in Paris. I have never experienced luxury, first class service, exquisite French design, and mind-blowing cuisine as during my entire wedding experience at the Four Seasons Paris. The reception took place in Salon Anglais modeled after the library at Versailles. Jeff Leatham created an amazing floral design. Our decadent wedding meal was the best I have ever had to include foie gras, sea bass, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse cheesecake. Violinist Rodolfo Benitez provided amazing music from Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Ceremony Venue: Chapelle Expiatoire | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Paris George V, Salon Anglais | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Clotilde Sourisseau | Hair: James By JMS | Bride's Bodice : Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Custom Skirt: Green And Blue Studio Couture | Engagement And Wedding Rings: Eli Jewels | Florist For Ceremony: Amaryllis Fleurs | Groom's Tux: Saint Laurent Tuxedo | Porsche Rental : AAA Luxury Car Rentals | Violinist : Rodolfo Benitez

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Posh Grey + Gold Provencal Wedding Inspiration

There’s no question that a Provencal landscape in and of itself is brimming with natural beauty. But when you layer on a charming wedding design, like this one from La Fabrique à Rêves, it’s completely elevated. Brimming with undeniably pretty florals from L’Art Qui Pousse, a gorgeous couple and a Claire Pettibone to boot, Greg Finck‘s captures have us all enchanted. Flip through every one right here.

From La Fabrique à RêvesFrom the height of a rocky spur overlooking the scrublands and vineyards of the Luberon, the citadel and chateau of Ménerbes keep watch over their treasure. Celebrated as one of the most beautiful villages of the Luberon, it has stone ramparts, frontons marked with dates and vaulted cellars that you enter like Ali Baba caves… The little paved streets lead the way to the rich historic heritage of the town, taking you to the doors of old residences and the 17th century bell tower rising over the square. This genuine place full of character has triumphantly stood the test of time and preserved the authentic Provencal spirit. It was an evidence for us to choose Ménerbes as home for our workshop.

Between Gordes and Ménerbes, there is an elegant 18th century residence: a typical country farm restored with respect for the pure tradition of the Provencal “mas”. Nestling among 23 hectares of vines, La Bastide de Marie shines out with a splendour rooted in authenticity. A driveway bordered by cyprus trees, century-old olive trees and enchantingly scented lavender bushes leads up to the house. Naturally we chose La Bastide de Marie and its emblematic surroundings as muse for our styled shoot.

Given the natural elegance and History of the venue, we were able to create a chic and refined wedding atmosphere with a touch of vintage. We mixed up natural colors with a variation of grey’s, and white’s while adding up a touch of gold.

With the participation of the extraordinary florist designer l’Art Qui Pousse, and two incredible models, Maïlys wearing the Florentine gown from Claire Pettibone and Jeoffrey wearing a blue / grey tuxedo created for the occasion by Faubourg Saint Sulpice, we were able to reach our full potential.

Besides, we added up a bit of temperament to the shoot with Google de l’orée des bois d’Astros, a gorgeous Great Dane. Finally we settled our dinner table on a large paved stone terrace overlooking the vineyard. Very special thanks and acknowledgment go to Gabriel Menassier from mg-image for his incredible video, and to Greg Finck Photography for his remarkable talent capturing moments.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Cinematography: Mg-image | Event Design: La Fabrique à Rêves | Event Planning: La Fabrique à Rêves | Floral Design: L'Art Qui Pousse | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Une Affaire De Dessert | Stationery: La Fabrique à Rêves | Bride's Shoes: Muse Aix En Provence | Catering: Frédéric Bernard Traiteur | Makeup Artist: Blandine Fabre | Hair Stylist: Sylvie Pastore Transhair | Venue: La Bastide De Marie | Bridal Boutique: Black Burn Bridal | Great Dane: Google De L'orée Des Bois D'Astros | Groom's Attire & Shoes: Faubourg Saint Sulpice | Models: Maïlys MORATA & Jeoffrey KREBS

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French Riviera Wedding at Chateau Diter

I’ve been lost in these gorgeous image from Brosnan Photographic longer than should admit this morning.  I mean, does it get any better than a wedding in the French Riviera at a chateau like Chateau Diter? It’s like a fairytale. And with Lavender And Rose at the design helm, it certainly played out like one. See the entire day here.

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From Brosnan Photographic Vicky and Adam chose the French Riviera to host their wedding. Chateau Diter in Grasse has an incredible landscape. The newly renovated French chateau has an Italian flair and is set among the rolling hilly Provence landscape. Vicky, Adam, and their guests enjoyed stunning scenery while sipping on bubbly and watching the sun set during the open air dinner under the stars.

With every moment happening on site, Vicky and Adam created a relaxing day and their ceremony in the gazebo overlooking the french hills was utterly breathtaking. Apart from Vicky’s sweet custom made dress, the talented ladies at Lavender & Rose Weddings created and coordinated all the beauty.

Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Styling: Lavender And Rose | Coordination: Lavender And Rose | Floral Design: Miss Rose By Perrine | Invitations: Gemma Milly | Catering: Parfums Et Saveurs | Makeup: Laury G | Hair: Gerard Coiffeur | Celebrant: Anne Naylor | Wedding Venue : Chateau Diter | Music: Becky And Belha

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